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Quality Assurance News

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th April 2019 The East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) is implementing new technologies at its plants to increase the treatment capacity. ERWAT is set to commission the Nereda technology in June 2019 at the Hartebeestfontein wastewater treatment works (WWTW) to increase its capacity from 63-million litres a... 

Software upgrade for Sky Eye Elios drones in the pipeline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th April 2019 Rope-access company Skyriders Access Specialists will partner with a local software company to advance the current software on its Sky Eye Elios drones, as it continues to refine the technology in line with its ongoing inspection and maintenance work at various industrial plants this year. 

Software upgrade for Sky Eye Elios drones in the pipeline
POWER RIDE Skyriders’ rope access and drone solutions gives the company an edge in the industry

SABS improves temperature rise testing capability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2019 Statutory body, the South Africa Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’s) laboratory testing services has improved the testing capacity of the National Electrical Test Facility (NEFTA) through the installation of six Buck-Boost current injection machines. The machines are used in low-voltage testing to... 

Mandatory, compulsory programmes launched in response to systemic challenges facing govt departments

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2019 In direct response to the systemic challenges facing government departments, the National School of Government’s (NSG’s) mandatory and compulsory programmes were launched on Monday, in Pretoria. The launch follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement during his State of Nation Address last... 

SABS to invest R300m in laboratory infrastructure as part of turnaround  

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), which is currently in administration, has initiated a process of renewing its laboratory infrastructure as part of a broader turnaround plan under way at the organisation. The SABS was placed in administration by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob... 

SABS to invest R300m in laboratory infrastructure as part of turnaround
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SABS Acting CEO Garth Strachan

New technologies set to transform global food chain in next five years – IBM

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2019 Information technology multinational IBM predicts that technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and cloud, will help to transform the global food chain over the next five years, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software senior VP Arvind Krishna says.... 

New technologies set to transform global  food chain in next five years – IBM
ARVIND KRISHNA IBM unveiled five solutions in February to improve the food chain and food security

AHR Expo showcases excitement at HVAC global market expansion

22nd February 2019 The latest advancements in technology and product advancement in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry were on display during the three-day 2019 AHR Expo that took place last month from 14 to 16 January in Atlanta in the US. For the first time since 2001, 1 824 companies... 

AHR Expo showcases  excitement at HVAC  global market expansion
ENERGY FOR FUTURE OF HVAC The HVACR industry is in a exciting position at the moment and that energy was evident on the Show Floor this year

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial supply chain solutions

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Information technology multinational IBM is working with a wide range of industrial and commercial companies and organisations to develop blockchain-based industrial supply chain systems that improve on a range of value chain functions, including visibility, accuracy and supply-chain... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial  supply chain solutions
GERHARD DINHOF The solutions provide easy access for all parties in the supply chain and instant sharing of verified information

Unregistered HVAC practitioners still a threat to industry – Saracca

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Despite improvement in the number of people who are obtaining training and qualifications to become registered refrigeration gas practitioners, the number of air conditioner installers without an authorised refrigeration gas practitioner registration licence, or with a fraudulent certification,... 

Unregistered HVAC practitioners still a threat to industry – Saracca
Photo by Hot Mustard
VITAL QUALIFICATIONS There are many employment opportunities for those trained and certified practitioners who are compliant

Continental optimises tyre test with driverless test vehicle

15th February 2019 Automotive tyre manufacturing company Continental commissioned the first driverless tyre test vehicle for an assortment of road surface types at its test site in Uvalde, Texas, in the US. The aim of the endeavour was to make test results for the company’s passenger and light trucks more... 

Continental optimises tyre test with  driverless test vehicle
DRIVERLESS NAVIGATION The driverless vehicle pilots the testing route with a GPS-supported satellite navigation system

New plans in sight for lubricants specialist

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th February 2019 The recently opened grease plant by lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa is manufacturing a large variety of specialty grease grades that will be exported across Africa and to other parts of the world. “FUCHS sees the importance and demand for speciality grease growing... 

New plans in sight for lubricants specialist
NEW EXPANSION FUCHS will be looking to export grease from the new plant across Africa and to other parts of the world

Collision solution complements operator activities

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th February 2019 Since the launch of its fourth-generation MineAlert collision awareness system (CAS), the core focus of industry leader in fleet management technology in mining,  Modular Mining Systems, Inc. (MMSI) is to ensure that the collision awareness solution mitigates false alarms while continuing to... 

Know how to choose quality PPE and workwear

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th February 2019 Personal protective equipment supplier, Dromex has launched a specialised range for arc protection, which includes Arc Workwear and includes a 51 Cal rated Suit, Arc Visors, an Arc Hard Hat and Arc Gloves, Kimi Gas Escape Mask, Denim Conti Suits and a flat fold respirator tailored for women and... 

Know how to choose quality PPE and  workwear
PROTECTIVE GEAR Companies should ask suppliers for a copy of certifications when purchasing products with specific standards

Saice calls for infrastructure review following Hoërskool Driekhoek incident

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2019 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has expressed its support for an immediate full review of school buildings by competent structural engineers, following the collapse, on February 1, of a concrete slab at Hoërskool Driekhoek, in Vanderbijlpark. Concrete elements of a... 

Company focused on agriculture

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 The agricultural sector is set to become a significant focal point for leading bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) in 2019, as it expands its portfolio of agricultural application products in the first quarter of this year. “There are a few product... 

Company focused on agriculture
AGRI-SMART SOLUTION The joint venture will bring the most essential spare products closer to farmers, in order to satisfy their maintenance needs for bearings and agricultural products

Improved film helps extend solar panel lifetime

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 With a focus on continuous innovation, science multinational DuPont is developing a new and improved clear Tedlar film to increase efficiency and the life of a solar panel well beyond the industry standard of 30 years. The Tedlar film is made of polyvinyl fluoride polymer – which is a more... 

Improved film helps  extend solar panel lifetime
CRACKING UNDER PRESSURE Solar panels are showing signs of deterioration sooner than anticipated owing to harsher environments

Train accident highlights need for industry-wide solution, stronger regulator – RRA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2019 An industry-wide solution and a strengthened railway regulator with more powers are needed to prevent future train accidents, such as the one that claimed the lives of four people and resulted in the injury of hundreds more earlier this week, industry body, the Rail Road Association (RRA) said in... 

Tiger Brands to reopen Polokwane meat products processing facility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 Tiger Brands on Thursday received a Certificate of Acceptability from the Capricorn Municipality for its value-added meat products processing facility in Polokwane, Limpopo, allowing for the production of ready-to-eat products to restart immediately. The certificate was issued after a rigorous... 

Sci-Ba reports increase in demand for green-tech advice

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2018 Technical and scientific consulting services report an increase in demands from mines and industries to advise them about sustainability and green technologies, as well as how these will impact on processing and standards, says Sci-Ba co-founder and director Chazanne Long. Much of the consulting... 

SABS laboratories awarded 20-year commendation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th December 2018 Three of the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’s) testing laboratories have been awarded commendations by the South African National Accreditation System (Sanas) for maintaining continuous accreditation status during the last 20 years, SABS Laboratory Services Division executive Johan Louw... 

SABS laboratories awarded 20-year commendation
Johan Louw, Executive: Laboratory Services; Duke Nene, Manager Explosion Prevention Technology; Hanli Hendriksz, Quality Manager and Sihle Qwabe, Senior Manager Electro-technical Engineering

Mpumalanga remains under strain as water pollution continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Residents of Mpumalanga remain concerned about sewage spillages and wastewater challenges. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received complaints about alleged sewage spillages and/or the inadequate treatment of wastewater. 

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier

By: Halima Frost     23rd November 2018 Aftermarket specialists Transportation Components is aiming to double its capacity after being awarded a contract to supply truck-body manufacturer Henred Fruehauf with Duroline frictional material brake liners. The agreement, signed last month, was approved after Henred Fruehauf axles, fitted... 

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier
AGAINST THE GRAIN Frictional material brake liners affixed to the axle

Repair, maintenance vital for infrastructure life span

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 Preventive maintenance and the timeous repair of infrastructure can save significant costs and extend the life of infrastructure, says specialised construction products supplier a.b.e. Construction Chemicals general construction sales manager Warren Trew. “Unfortunately, many players in the... 

Repair, maintenance vital for infrastructure life span
BRIDGE RESORATION a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is involved in the restoration of bridges on the N17 and N14

Building slump causing disputes

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 The economic slump in the building industry has led to desperation, resulting in contractors and other parties involved readily accepting work without protecting themselves contractually, says nonprofit industry representative the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC) CEO Uwe Putlitz. The... 

Building slump causing disputes
BUILDING BLOCKS Those seeking or offering services in the building industry should deal only with reputable clients

Gauteng Quality of Life survey shows improvement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th November 2018 The latest Quality of Life Index for the Gauteng City Region (GCR) shows a sustained improvement in the quality of life and an increase in the levels of satisfaction with national, provincial and local government, the Gauteng provincial government reports. The index, which is compiled by the GCR... 

Scope for industrial parks to become SEZs, given appropriate support

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th November 2018 With proper infrastructure, utilities and management, the twenty-six approved industrial parks across South Africa can, in future, become special economic zones (SEZs) that can contribute immensely to the economy of the country and create jobs, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)... 

Eaton develops 10 000 operation switchgear for Shoprite’s warehouses

2nd November 2018 Shoprite Holdings commissioned engineering professional services firms WSP Africa to design a medium voltage (MV) power distribution system for its new Cilmor Distribution Centre, to provide reliable, continuous power to three large warehouses despite regular utility load shedding issues which... 

Eaton develops 10 000 operation switchgear for Shoprite’s warehouses
Photo by Creamer Media
SHOP RIGHT Shoprite is expected to continue to benefit from their choice of Xiria E over the lifetime of the switchgear

Entries for inaugural Factory of the Year competition to close on Oct 31 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2018 A.T. Kearney has extended the entry deadline for the inaugural South African Factory of the Year competition to October 31. The event is aimed at boosting competitiveness in the country’s ailing manufacturing sector. 

Entries for inaugural Factory of the Year competition to close on Oct 31
A.T Kearney manager Mark Saunders discusses the advantages of bringing its Factory of the Year competition to South Africa Video: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Christo Greyling.

Connecting international expertise to South African opportunities

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 European alliance partner company GC Top Technologies — an Italian company based in South Africa — aims to connect international suppliers of the best available technologies with South African clients that require improved efficiency, enhanced productivity and environment-friendly solutions. The... 

Company ensures safety and quality in its offering

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2018 Investment into quality work apparel could lead to higher productivity and can prove to be beneficial to companies as it lasts longer and provides more protection for the workforce, says work apparel manufacturer and supplier Sweet Orr. Sweet Orr places continued emphasis on innovation, research... 

Montalto to expand Intellidex’s depth of research

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2018 Research and consulting firm Intellidex has appointed Peter Attard Montalto head of capital markets research, to expand its depth of research and widen its client base among global investors. Montalto will lead Intellidex’s coverage of economics, politics and fixed income markets in South... 

Sector requires heightened safety measures

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 While construction regulations incorporate fall protection, the mobile crane industry requires a more specific plan to properly address the risks of working at height, says mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire (JCH) safety, health, environment and quality executive Cedric Froneman.... 

Sector requires heightened safety measures
HEIGHTENED AWARENESS An integrated fall protection plan encompasses measures such as access ladders, steps, handrails, and integrated anchor points

Appropriate measures, equipment emphasised to ensure safety

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2018 Owing to the prevalence of dangers whilst working in confined spaces, it is imperative that companies implement proper measures to ensure safety at all times. This was the message conveyed at multinational company 3M’s Fall Protection – Confined Spaces workshop, held last month at 3M’s offices in... 

Appropriate measures, equipment emphasised to ensure safety
PERILOUS ENVIRONMENT Occupational health and safety when working in a confined space is a pertinent issue, as it is a feature at most work sites, spanning all industrial sectors

Plastic pallets championed in factories

21st September 2018 The use of wooden plastic pallets when considering the health and safety issues at factories is one of the most important decisions for managements, according to plastic pallets distributer Premier Pallets. The balancing act of juggling costs, “green conscience” regarding recyclability of company... 

Rational fire design solutions championed

21st September 2018 It is imperative for buildings to be designed to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke, as a minor design flaw could potentially put people, equipment and property at risk. For example, inhaling five breaths in a smoke filled room can lead to death. 

Rational fire design  solutions championed
FIRE RISKS The three main causes of fire are electrical, arson and heating equipment

Commission calls for submissions on Vaal river pollution

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is calling for submissions on the pollution of the Vaal river. This follows after the commission conducted a site inspection of the Vaal river earlier this month, following allegations that about 150 Mℓ/d of raw sewage was spilling into the river. 

Alternative solution for wooden pallets and packaging

14th September 2018 While wooden pallets and wooden crates are typically used as a packaging solution when transporting goods, they may not meet international regulations when those goods cross country borders. Supply chain managers are faced with two options: make sure their wooden packaging complies with all... 

Alternative solution  for wooden pallets  and packaging
JAN VREKEN Making wooden crates and pallets compliant can be costly in the long run
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